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Stephane Wrembel: Origins

November 27, 2012

    On the surface I may seem like a strictly rock and roll guy. Believe it or not there are other things that rattle the speakers in my home. Such is the case with the Django Reinhardt inspired music of Stephane Wrembel. I was fortunate to have stumbled upon him performing at Radegast Hall […]

Diablo Swing Orchestra: Sing Along Songs for the Damned & Delirious

October 18, 2010

Remember the swing fad from ten years ago? That was fun, but little new was brought to the table. Imagine if a bunch of musicians that were into metal, opera, and zeühl took a stab at it. Well that’s basically what Diablo Swing Orchestra did. Even though the idea sounds totally original, and the guy […]

Tom Jones & Jools Holland

September 3, 2010

Tom Jones is basically known for two things musically. The first is keeping current by covering contemporary music. This often involves collaboration with some established hit makers as on 1999’s “Reload.” The other is stepping out of his comfort zone (or what the general public sees as such), and experimenting. Obvious examples of this are […]

Santana: Caravanserai

September 8, 2009

If you have heard of “Caravanserai,” you may have already guessed that this is one heck of an album. The band may have been in transition (or even disarray), but it sure doesn’t sound like it. Carlos and the boys altered the approach, and played as if this is what they had been doing all […]

Weather Report: Heavy Weather

September 7, 2009

What a fantastic album. I was introduced to this at a time when I didn’t know much about jazz. It immediately became a highlight of my music collection. Copies have been lost, or worn out, but I always replace them as soon as possible. “Heavy Weather” will always be found in my home.This is fusion […]